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Marine Fisheries - Proclamation FF-92-2014

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FF-92-2014

PROCLAMATION

RE: RED DRUM-COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATONS

Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Thursday, January 1, 2015, the following restrictions apply to the taking of red drum for commercial purposes:

I. HARVEST LIMIT

A. It is unlawful to possess more than seven (7) red drum per day taken in a commercial fishing operation, regardless of the number of individuals or vessels involved.

B. It is unlawful to possess red drum taken in a commercial fishing operation that is not in possession of either, flounder, bluefish, black drum or striped mullet caught the same day.

C. It is unlawful to land or transport red drum in a commercial fishing operation unless the weight of the combined daily landed catch of flounder, bluefish, black drum or striped mullet exceeds the weight of the daily landed catch of red drum.

II. TRANSPORT, TRANSFER AND SALE

A. It is unlawful for a commercial fishing operation to transfer possession of red drum except to a North Carolina licensed finfish dealer.

B. All transport of red drum subsequent to possession and prior to sale is considered to be part of the commercial fishing operation regardless of whether transport is by vessel, vehicle or other means.

C. All red drum that are sold, shall be sold prior to the sale of the flounder, bluefish, black drum or striped mullet species component of the daily landed catch.

D. The daily landed catch of red drum along with the daily landed catch of flounder, bluefish, black drum or striped mullet species taken in a commercial fishing operation must remain in the possession of the commercial fishing operation and be transported together up to the point of sale. Two SCFL holders from separate commercial fishing operations may transport their daily landed catch of red drum and associated target species as described above to the dealer in the same vehicle. A SCFL holder must accompany each single harvest limit until the time of sale to the dealer.

E. It is unlawful to purchase more than the daily harvest limit of red drum from a single commercial fishing operation.
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